Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Thrifty Tip: Bulk Cut Cheese

It sounds like a lot of hassle, but if you can find a good sale on bulk cuts of cheese you can save big bucks over buying the pre-shredded variety AND it tastes much better. I grabbed up several blocks of this Colby Jack from our local Sprouts (natural foods grocery store) and just froze them right in the plastic they came wrapped in. When we are low on cheese I just defrost and shred. If you prefer, you can also shred the cheese first, and freeze it in quart or gallon bags.

Pictured is a gallon bag, half full for $2.57 (it was $2.99/lb). The price varies depending on where you are, but here in the Dallas area we pay anywhere from $3.49 (Aldi) to $4.19 (Wal-Mart) for a bag of the shredded stuff.

Since Santa bought me a slicer for Christmas, I also plan to check out the blocks at our local wholesale store so I can do up some sandwich slices too!


terbear287 said...

the only problem with freezing cheese slices is when you go to use them they will crumble. You will probably need to put a piece of parchment or wax paper between each slice to easily transfer it to a sandwich. Let us know how it works out. I love your tips and tricks

Emily Painter-Davis said...

YAY for a slicer. We love ours.
But - if you are using a foodsaver, put wax paper or parchment between each slice... otherwise, it all sticks. SOMEONE found this out the hard way!

Anonymous said...

Brillant idea on shredding and freezing cheese. Why haven't I thought of this?? I love Sprouts. Will have to watch for there cheese sales. Thanks!!! mrsbrown2k1